Abused Kitten Hope is Saved from Heroin Overdose by Quick Thinking Vets

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A young kitten named Hope was saved by quick thinking vets after enduring horrible abuse of an especially depraved nature.

We were initially reluctant to cover Hope’s story when it first appeared in the news last night, due to the shocking details of his abuse at the hands of his 24 year old owner. Due to the story’s sensational nature, it is now being covered everywhere.

Out interest in the story is not in the abuse Hope suffered but in the kind and caring actions of the police officers who found him and the highly unusual medical treatment that caused a dramatic improvement in his condition.

Hope was found by officers with the West Whiteland, PA Police Department this past weekend who brought him to Hope Veterinary Specialists in nearby Malvern. He had obviously suffered abuse when he was discovered in a vacant lot near his owner’s car. The owner was at the scene, along with a large quantity of heroin, needles and empty bags that had once held the drug.

Staff at Hope Veterinary Specialists were able to surmise that the lethargic, injured kitten had been given heroin and quickly brought him around with the use of a counter-agent drug. The practice’s Dr. Magilton saved Hope’s life by administering Naloxone, a narcotic reversal agent.

Hope is now recovering well thanks to the officers and vet staff who came to his aid.

There has already been a flood of offers to adopt Hope but he will be turned over to the Chester County SPCA and will go into foster care for the duration of his abuser’s court case. After the case is resolved, the SPCA will select an adopter to give him the good forever home he deserves.

Those who have opened their hearts to Hope with offers to adopt him are encouraged to give a home to some other cat or kitten – especially a hard-to-adopt black kitty – who may not be associated with a famous or horrendous case, but who also needs and deserves a loving home.

On a personal note, I was horrified to learn what happened to Hope and was overjoyed to learn he had been revived and survived. Hope can go on to en entirely different life, where he will hopefully forget the trauma of his kittenhood.

James Myers was arrested on animal abuse and drug charges. The Chester County District attorney has released a public statement that includes the details of the case. The statement is found below for those who wish to learn more.



Local channel ABC 6 visited HOPE and covered the story last night:

The news report includes several upsetting details on the case. Please watch only if you wish to hear them.

Here is the Chester County District Attorney’s official press release on the case. We suggest you read it only if you wish to be exposed to the details of the case.

Man Charged With Animal Cruelty After Kitten Given Heroin

Chester County District Attorney Tom Hogan and West Whiteland Police Chief Joseph Catov announced the arrest of defendant James Myers for animal cruelty and drug charges. The defendant was caught by the police in the process of abusing a kitten. The kitten had been choked with a rope, was bleeding, and had been given heroin. The kitten was revived by a veterinarian who administered Narcan. The defendant was in possession of heroin and heroin paraphernalia. District Attorney Tom Hogan stated, “The abuse of this kitten was a singularly depraved act. Heroin addicts abuse themselves, animals, and children without remorse or regret. What punishment is severe enough for this type of evil?”

Chief Catov stated, “Our department is working closely with the District Attorney’s Office in order to bring this case to a successful conclusion. We are thankful that the kitten was saved.”

The defendant resides on the 1300 block of Mary Jane Lane, West Chester, PA. He is 24 years old.

The facts alleged in the criminal complaint are as follows:

On Sunday, August 3, 2014, at approximately 4:40 a.m., West Whiteland Police Officer Marc Meshurle was patrolling Dunwoody Drive in West Whiteland Township. The officer spotted the defendant parked in the middle of the street with his driver’s door open. Under the driver’s door was a small black kitten. The kitten’s neck was bound tightly with rope. The kitten was bleeding from its face and several teeth had been knocked out. Spray painted on the roadway near the vehicle was the phrase “SLAM IT YOU PU$$Y.” The kitten appeared to have been dragged and/or slammed into the ground. Police executed a search warrant on the vehicle. Police found bundles of heroin, hundreds of used bags of heroin, 46 hypodermic needles commonly used for ingesting heroin, rope which matched the rope used on the kitten, and a small box with cat feces in it.

The kitten was taken to a veterinarian, Dr. Jennifer Magilton at the HOPE Veterinary Clinic in Malvern, PA. The kitten was suffering from head trauma, was lethargic, and was not responding. Initially, there was discussion about euthanizing the kitten because of its condition. However, when the veterinarian heard all of the circumstances of the case combined with the kitten’s physical condition, she determined that the kitten had been given heroin. The veterinarian administered Narcan to the kitten. Narcan, the trade name for the drug Naloxone, is an opioid antagonist commonly given to humans who have overdosed on heroin.

When the Narcan was administered, the kitten immediately revived. In the absence of an opiate such as heroin in the kitten’s system, the Narcan would have had no effect on the kitten. The kitten currently is recovering at the veterinary clinic and eventually will be transferred to another facility for adoption.

The defendant has been charged with cruelty to animals, drug possession, and related charges.

District Attorney Hogan added, “There is no excuse for cruelty to a defenseless animal. The West Whiteland Police Department should be commended for intervening to stop this abuse. Dr. Magilton should be praised for her quick thinking to save the kitten’s life.”

Anybody with any further information should contact West Whiteland Police Officer Marc Meshurle at 610-363-0200.
*A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty in court.

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Approved for release:
Thomas P. Hogan



3 thoughts on “Abused Kitten Hope is Saved from Heroin Overdose by Quick Thinking Vets”

  1. Horrible! And this is just one case that was made known. How many animals are abused in some such fashion and their suffering and torturous deaths are never reported? Little Hope suffered at the hands of this depraved individual, and as awful as this sounds he was lucky that the abuse (and abuser) was discovered in time to give him a chance to survive.

    I just don’t know what this world is coming to….

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